Letter: It must be good - if Lennon didn't like it

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Sir: In David Lister's article 'New Beatles single may be their first flop' (5 October), Paul Du Noyer, the editor of Mojo magazine, advises us to consider 'why he (Lennon) didn't release it (the 'new' single) himself while he was alive'. This suggests an objective critical faculty in John Lennon that history contradicts: witness his blind fury when 'Day Tripper' shared equal billing with 'We Can Work It Out'; his dismissal of 'Hello Goodbye' as 'rubbish'; his view that 'Mother Nature's Son' and 'Ob-la-di, Ob- la-da' would not have appeared on the White album; that 'Let It Be' should never have been a single, and that his lack of interest largely sabotaged 'The Long and Winding Road', together with the fact that he wanted Abbey Road completely re-sequenced. He also never forgave George Martin for 'the pig's ear' he made of 'Strawberry Fields Forever'.

Given all this (and remembering some of his later solo releases), Lennon's reluctance to release a song might almost be considered a recommendation.

Yours faithfully,


Canterbury, Kent

5 October